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Old 04-11-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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Rear Brakes 2008 Chev C5500 Kodiak Class C

My 32 foot class C with a 2008 Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak is needing rear pads and rotors. In looking on the web I feel that doing this myself is above my pay grade. A garage gave me an estimate of front and rear brakes, seals, rotors, the WHOLE SHEBANG for 3500 - 4000 bucks or about 2000 for new everything on the rears only. My question: IS THIS OUT OF LINE OR IS THAT PRICE REASONABLE?

We bought it used last year with 69000 miles and have no idea on how many miles are on the brakes.

Any input would be appreciated. I am in the Cincinnati Ohio area..
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:05 PM   #2
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That sounds pretty high to me. I would get a price from a GM shop. I know on the 2500Hd and 3500 pickups, the OEM brakes last a long time under normal service. I just had my brakes flushed last week and with 80,000 miles there was very little wear on the original pads, about a third of those miles are towing a 5th wheel. When I'm ready for new pads, I will stick with OEM.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:06 PM   #3
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Uhm....that seems high.

Rockauto.com shows pads for $26 and rotors for about $88. What the hell else are they doing? Wagner pads are $40.

Unless the rotors overheated and cracked they can probly be turned. Even so, for $88 I would just install new ones.

For this stuff I do the work myself, take it in for a brake flush to clear the abs unit. Or flush them yourself and activate it. Unless the fluid is black just a replace should be good.

Have you actually pulled a side and take a look? Brakes can go a LONG time on those chassis'. Not unusual to go twice that many miles. I would definitely take a look before assuming they need attention.
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I am not equipped to do myself. I don't even have a 10 ton jack to lift it. Not really sure how differ from auto type disks and rotors as are dual wheels on each side. 19.5 rims.
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I really know nothing about them. Not sure what flushing brakes means. I have never had anything this big before to deal with. Are they similar to a car design?
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Pretty much...brakes are brakes.
If you don't have tools or know how then you need a shop.

Check with a fleet service company in your locale. Get some quotes. Two grand to change rear pads is ridiculous. It's all pretty much bolt on. And replacement may not even be needed yet.

Flushing brake fluid means just that - drawing old out of the master cylinder and then either pulling or pushing new fluid throughout the system. This should be done every two years due to hydroscopic nature of brake fluid - yes, it absorbs moisture. Moisture causes a drop in boiling point - too much drop and you can lose your brakes on a long downhill.


EDIT: In fact, there's a good plan. Do some shopping around - when you find a competent shop at a good rate, drop it in there for a fluid flush and inspection. They'll tell you what percetage of pad life is left. Anything under about 20-25% warrants changing them out. They'll inspect rotor surface as well, can recommend re-surfacing or replacement as needed.
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